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Audio Roundup 2017:3

by Joel Rich I hear a lot of discussion about spirituality in religion. I think R’A Lichtenstein’s piece from the Orthodox Forum (Law and Spirituality: Defining the Terms http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/725795/rabbi-dr-aharon-lichtenstein/law-and-spirituality-defining-the-terms/) makes a very important contribution to the discussion. I would summarize it as saying one should seek to daven like a chasid in the context of learning like a Litvak. The ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:2

by Joel Rich Charity I’ve heard a number of shiurim on why it’s ok for donors to have their names up in lights. I wonder if anyone ever mentions this gemara to the prospective donors? תלמוד בבלי מסכת בבא בתרא דף י עמוד ב נענה רבי יהושע ואמר: צדקה תרומם גוי – אלו ישראל, דכתיב: ומי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד, ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:1

by Joel Rich Consider the following assertion: HKB”H sets the world in motion based on specific “rules of nature.” He allows those rules of nature to interact with our free will choices. In certain situations he chooses to intervene in a manner that cannot be proven or predicted in order to produce a specific result. Each of us is ultimately ...

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by Joel Rich Could someone please find a plaintive yom kippur piyut and set it to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah? I’d appreciate it. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From R’ Aviner (me interesting source-I’d go with a clear and logical mind –R’YBS) Q: Should one seek a Rabbi’s advice in financial matters? A: No. He does not understand this area more ...

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by Joel Rich I came across a gemara which made me wonder whether this is a rebuttable presumption, an existential truth or a promulgation that recognizes it won’t always be accurate but there’s some need for a rule (smooth functioning of system?) based on hefker beit din (or something else?) Nafka mina – guy is yelling the whole time that ...

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by Joel Rich As a true believer in TUM as defined by me (it’s all from HKB”H) it surprised me realize that at some level, science is IMHO probably the greatest “threat” to true mass religiosity unless this version of TUM spreads. I say this not because science contradicts religion (see line I) but rather because advances in science gives ...

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by Joel Rich http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/213056/women-without-hats But I’m no longer sure that Orthodoxy is an all-or-nothing life choice. Observance is a continuum on which we each locate ourselves. Every one of us struggles to find a livable balance between personal freedom and submission to authority, commitment to self and commitment to other, even if that Other is creator of the universe or ...

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by Joel Rich by Joel Rich It’s all about risk and reward. Let’s start with E Kobre’s point(in a post about the beauty of mehudar) about time and resources spent on a mehudar 4 minim. Where is the trade off calculation for time and resources spent (by both layperson and Rabbis)on something more than kosher and the other uses of ...

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by Joel Rich Yom Kippur Thought Once upon a Neilah teary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a sin of forgotten yore, as II read the Art Scroll lists I wondered only this and nothing more? (Apologies to E.A. Poe) When you look at the backup lists to the ashamnu’s and al cheit’s, you may notice a lot ...

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by Joel Rich Implicit biases (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/implicit-bias/) are the subject of a great deal of discussion and study. One issue I haven’t seen discussed in detail, which relates to profiling (explicit bias) as well, is does halacha allow for concerns to be based on (statistical) past experiences. For example, if studies showed that tall actuaries tended to have a significantly higher ...

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